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Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis (Independent Studies in Political Economy)

ISBN-13: 978-1412810463
ISBN-10: 1412810469
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"This book reflects the appropriate view that the need is for less, not more, government intervention in housing markets."

—Edwin S. Mills, The Independent Institute

"Housing America is a comprehensive book that analyzes the contemporary U.S. housing market. The emphasis is on national, state and local government policies toward housing, land use and related issues and surveys the various views about the current housing crisis and its relationship to the broader financial meltdown. The authors include distinguished economists and other policy experts who correctly point to government policies as the causes of existing housing problems. The book reflects the appropriate view that the need is for less, not more, government intervention in housing markets. Housing America will be of great value on housing issues for all readers, including scholars and instructors." --Edwin S. Mills, Northwestern University

"Clearly written and superbly enlightening, this comprehensive books assembles and wonderfully synthesizes an amazing amount of up-to-date research."

—Peter Gordon, The Independent Institute

"Housing America is a welcome collection of essays by skeptics of government interventions in housing markets, a counterweight to the writings of those who urge ever greater state involvement."

—Robert C. Ellickson, The Independent Institute

"This volume should be on any urbanist's bookshelf and includes many academic and policy heavy weights ... All the chapters are highly relevant to current times and many directly address the mortgage meltdown and what we need to do get out of the housing depression."

—Samuel Staley, Out of Control Policy Blog, Reason.org

"In Housing America, Holcombe and Powell have assembled the work of some of the most insightful and interesting minds in the field. Several chapters, especially that by Lawrence J. White, illuminate the causes of the current housing crisis, and the others offer provocative and highly useful analyses that will remain timely long after the present crisis has passed."

—William A. Fischel, Dartmouth College

"Holcombe and Powell have assembled a terrific line-up of scholars to address an issue of fundamental importance. Housing America provides a wide-ranging and well-researched look at almost every aspect of the housing market, and this much-needed volume is irreplaceable in thinking about how to reform government policy in the United States." --Steven G. Horwitz, St. Lawrence University

About the Author

Benjamin W. Powell is research fellow at the Independent Institute and assistant professor of economics at Suff olk University. He is author of more than two dozen scholarly articles and editor of the book, Making Poor Nations Rich: Entrepreneurship and the Process of Development.

Randall G. Holcombe is research fellow at the Independent Institute and DeVoe Moore Professor of Economics at Florida State University. He is author of twelve books and more than 100 articles published in academic and professional journals. His books include Writing Off Ideas: Taxation, Foundations, and Philanthropy in America, Public Policy and the Quality of Life, From Liberty to Democracy: Th e Transformation of American Government, and Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress.



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